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Loveland wins race with today’s opening

Richard Chittick

LOVELAND SKI AREA – For the second year in a row, Loveland Ski Area will take the title of being the first ski area in the country to open.

The resort will fire up Chair 1 at 9 a.m. today with 1,000 vertical feet of skiing available.

“We were really happy with the dry, cool air over the weekend, said Ainsley Kasten, marketing manager for Loveland. “We were able to finish making snow in the places we really needed to open.”

The resort will be open until 4 p.m. with preseason lift ticket pricing in effect, running $30 for adults and $15 for children.

For the first time, Arapahoe Basin made a stab at winning the first-to-open competition. The Basin’s snowmaking system is less than two years old.

“Congratulations to Loveland,” said Leigh Hierholzer, a spokesperson for the Basin. “Even if we open 24 to 48 hours after them, our first attempt at opening on manmade snow has gone really well.”

According to Hierholzer, Araphahoe Basin will open no later than Friday, though snowmaking crews are working hard to open High Noon under the Exhibition lift sooner.

Once both mountains are open, look for the Dillon Dam Brewery to host an apres-ski party.

“We talked to the mountains back in July,” said Barb Richards, marketing manager for the brewery. “We used to do one every year.”

The original plan was to host the party the day either mountain opened, but Loveland specifically requested to wait until both mountains were open, Richards said.

“Let’s celebrate and have a good ski season,” she said. “To us, it doesn’t matter (when the party is).”

According to Beth Jahnigen of Copper Mountain, Summit County’s largest mountain is scheduled to open on Saturday.

Ptarmigan run, an intermediate trail located on the upper mountain, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Skiers and snowboarders will need to upload and download on the American Eagle lift.

Main Vein, an intermediate trail that runs from the mid-mountain restaurant Solitude Station to the Center Village, should open within a few days, as well.

Keystone and Breckenridge are tentatively scheduled to open Nov. 14.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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